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From The Grassroots To The Top Of The Ticket, Election Denial Looms Large in GOP

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From The Grassroots To The Top Of The Ticket, Election Denial Looms Large in GOP

MILWAUKEE, WI - AUGUST 09: Voters fill out ballots on Wisconsins state primary day on August 9, 2022 at Concord Community Center in Sullivan, WI. The race is expected to be tight with both Republican candidates Tim Michels who has been endorsed by former President Donald Trump, and Rebecca Kleefisch who as been endorsed by former Vice President Mike Pence. ((Photo by Alex Wroblewski/Getty Images)

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In Republican politics, one of the biggest issues in the 2022 election is the 2020 election. In at least 8 states so far, Republicans have picked candidates for Secretary of State who deny the results of the last presidential election. This is despite the fact that not a shred of evidence calls President Biden's victory into question. If elected, they would become the chief elections officer in their states.

In some of the same swing states where election deniers will be on the statewide ballot in November, there's another effort underway, backed by key figures in former President Trump's orbit. Cleta Mitchell, a lawyer who worked on Trump's effort to overturn the 2020 election, is working to mobilize an "army" of poll watchers.

NPR's Tom Dreisbach reports on what he learned from leaked audio of one of her summits.

This episode also features reporting from NPR's Miles Parks, who covers voting and election security.

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